Three UCLA Basketball Players En Route To USA After Trump Asked Chinese President To Assist With Case

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Nov 14, 2017 10:00 AM
Three UCLA Basketball Players En Route To USA After Trump Asked Chinese President To Assist With Case

The three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting while in China are on a flight back to the United States following President Donald Trump's personal appeal to Chinese President Xi Jinping to assist with the case. 

The three freshmen players, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, had been detained for a week in their hotel rooms in Hangzhou after they were accused of shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton boutique. UCLA was in China for a game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. The three did not play. 

Shoplifting is a very serious crime in China and can be punished with multiple years in prison. 

On Monday, President Trump said that he had asked President Xi to do something about the situation, and that he hoped the players would be back in the United States before too long. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, it's "unclear" what, if any, evidence Chinese police had against the basketball players.